IT for Britain’s gas hub transformed


Solihull, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — January 13, 2010 – A major redesign of IT systems at xoserve, the company that manages the commercial links between gas suppliers, transporters, and the 22 million U.K. gas customers, is underway following collaboration with Capgemini UK plc.

The engagement has provided xoserve with the foundation for a transformation of information capabilities.

Information held and processed by xoserve is at the heart of Britain’s deregulated gas industry, providing the data which enables companies in the industry to bill one another as gas moves through the U.K. supply chain. It also manages one of the largest customer databases in the U.K., with 2 Tb of data relating to the 22 million domestic, commercial and industrial gas supply points in Britain.

Once established, the new information capabilities will benefit organizations throughout the U.K. gas supply chain, including generators, importers, shippers, gas supply companies and meter operators as well as Ofgem and domestic, commercial and industrial end-users of gas.

Steve Adcock, head of project delivery at xoserve, said: “Capgemini has helped us create our vision and build our internal capability. With their help we are now able to implement a modern, cost effective information capability, with new IT practices and systems, and better utilization of data. As a result we are set to gain improved flexibility to enable us to meet future challenges.”

The project involves the replacement of a legacy IT system, inherited from the company’s predecessors when xoserve was created four years ago, with a completely new system based on Oracle and Business Objects. The Capgemini team, based at xoserve’s offices in Solihull, worked with the xoserve team during the initial phase of the project, which included a comprehensive assessment of xoserve’s information requirements and existing capabilities, a detailed strategic plan for its future systems.

Capgemini also assisted with the development of a new business intelligence center at xoserve, known as the Information Provision Capability Center.